Legit Editorial Reviews
Touring Kingston Technology's Memory Facility In Taiwan
|Date:||Thu, Jun 03, 2010 - 10:00 AM|
|Written By:||Brian Wallace -|
Quality Testing and Packaging
Once moved from SMT, the modules are then placed into a motherboard and tested, and not just "hey it works!" The modules are pushed through lots of testing including a high temperature test, to ensure that you're getting a good module.
Here we are up close and personal with a test station. They were using ASUS motherboards for their testing today. Notice that since they were testing SODIMM's that they had an adapter in place because this is a desktop motherboard.
Each module is then put through a visual inspection to ensure that it is in good condition cosmetically and that the solder joints are still in good condition.
While passing through, we saw an SSD testing station. Though some testing is completed here, most of it has been moved to the US.
We also saw a Compact Flash tester, seen above.
The modules are then packed up. Here you can see some Kingston SD cards being labeled prior to packing.
The SD cards are scanned to make sure they are facing the correct way and then sealed in their packaging.
Once a pack is full, everything is moved to the shipping warehouse. Most shipments go out by 3pm, and the longest something stays in the warehouse is around 4 days. This is an incredible turn over rate!
And here we have Kingston products being held by "end users." The tour of Kingston's Taiwan manufacturing plant was a great chance for us to see how a memory module is produced and all the work that goes into the process. To see each and every step of the process is impressive to say the least and there were plenty of other photos we would have love to have taken to show you.
The amount of dedication, automation, and quality control is why Kingston is the number one memory company in the world. When you buy one of their products and plug it in you shouldn't have to cross your fingers and pray that it works. Kingston has already tested it and made sure it was in full working condition!
We hope you have enjoyed getting a peek at how memory modules go from raw PCB and materials to running your favorite apps and programs!
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Page 1 - Kingston Plant in Taiwan
Page 2 - SMT Production
Page 3 - Quality Testing and Packaging